April 12, 2009

Lego Jesus Appears in Sweden

Parishioners in Sweden unveiled a Jesus made out of Lego's for Easter Sunday, AP reports.

The Lego Jesus was made out of 30,000 bricks donated by parishioners of Oensta Gryta Church in Vaesteras, Swedent said pastor Per Wilder, AFP reports.

The Jesus is almost six feet tall and took 40 volunteers 18 months to finish.

The model was based on Bertel Thorvaldsens's 19th century work "Christus," which depicts the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Wilder said the church had no plans to sell the statue.

"It is a fantastic installation and it will be there as long as we think it is in a good spot," he said.

April 5, 2009

Cereal Box Typo is Sex Phone Number

An Oregon company has ordered new packaging for its Peace Cereal after a mistake on the box lead people to call a sex-talk phone line, AP reports.

Customers who phoned the 800 number listed on the side of the Golden Temple of Oregon cereal box were greeted by the automated message of a phone sex line instead of the corporate help line of the Eugene, Ore. based company.

Spokeswoman Elissa Brown new packaging was ordered when the mistake was discovered in December and the new boxes have been shipping for weeks.

March 29, 2009

Kosher Tequila

A New York businessman plans to launch a kosher tequila in time for Cinco de Mayo, AP reports.

Martin Silver, president of Star Industries, said the tequila will be released in celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in 1862. The company will be investing millions of dollars into this enterprise, Russia Today reports.

Silver hopes that the Agave 99 will be a quality product that observant Jews can enjoy.

The tequila will be produced in Mexico using methods approved by a rabbi. Agave 99 will cost $41.95 a bottle.

As well as delivering kosher tequila to observant Jews, it is hoped the new product will aid the Mexican economy.

March 15, 2009

Man Attempts to Rob Tae Kwon Do Studio, Action Ensues

A thief learned a hard lesson when he tried to steal from a Tae Kwon Do studio in Milwaukee, AP reports.

Master Instructor David Kang was giving a private lesson when he decided to take water break. He found a man in his closet when he went to get the water, MSNBC reports.

The man fled when Kang asked him what he was doing.

Not willing to let the man go, Kang chased the theif through three stores and held on to him until police arrived.

Police did find Kang's wallet in the man's coat.

Kang did not have to use his martial art, but he prepared if the man tried to punch him.

"I'm ready to go anytime," Kang said.

March 8, 2009

Man Nearly Ran Over At Gas Station

Authorities said a Florida man was nearly ran over while standing in a parking spot Monday when a man intentionally tried to hit him, reports the News-Press.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said that the victim was reserving the spot for his wife at the Murphy USA gas station, reports AP.

According to the police report victim Jose Santiago, 57, waved at the suspect Miguel Angel Neira, 46, to stop. Neira lunged forward and hit Sangtiago in the knees causing bruising and swelling.

Neira was arrested for battery.

March 1, 2009

Ticket Withdrawn Against Good Samaritan

The Colorado State Patrol withdrew a jaywalking ticket on Friday against a man who helped 3 people avoid traffic and was hit and seriously injured doing so, reports AP.

Relatives said bus driver Jim Moffett, 58, was helping another man aid two elderly women across a busy street in the middle of a snow storm when was hit, sustaining serious injuries, reports the Press Association.

In a statement from the State Patrol they said that the charges would be withdrawn under the circumstances.

The patrol initially filed the charges because regardless of Moffett's intentions, jaywalking had contributed to the accident.

Charges have also been dropped against the other man and one of the woman, the second woman was never cited.

Charges against the driver were not withdrawn.

February 22, 2009

Hair Saves Woman's Life

A Kansas City woman's hair weave stopped a bullet shot by her ex-boyfriend Wednesday, AP reports.

Officers found a bullet fired by her ex-boyfriend stopped by the tightly woven weave in her hair, reports MSNBC.

Police said the woman pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where a man told her that her ex-boyfriend still loved her.

When the woman said she no longer loved her ex-boyfriend she heard gunshots coming from behind he. The woman saw her ex-boyfriend holding a handgun. She drove her car into another parking lot where she called the police.

The two men were later arrested.

February 7, 2009

Wii Used to Study Balance in Elderly

Researchers in Aberdeen, UK are studying the effects the Nintendo Wii on the balance of the elderly, reports the BBC.

The University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampion are studying the results the Wii console's balance board has on people over the age of 70. Researcher want to know if the console can reduce the risk of falling in older people.

"Falls are the most common cause of accidental injury in older people and the most common cause of accidental death in 75 year olds and over," Dr. Marie Fraser, specialist registrar at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen, said.

Dr. Alison Stewart said she got the idea to use the Wii console after funding could not be raised for a more piece of equipment.

Stewart hopes the Wii console can help reduce the chance of falling and entertain at the same time.

February 1, 2009

Who's Got Jenny's Number Now

He's got it, he's got it, and now he doesn't want it any more.

A New Jersey man is giving up his claim to one of rock 'n' roll's most notable phone numbers, the AP reports.

The phone number 867-5309 was immortalized in Tommy Tutone's 1982 hit "867-5309/Jenny."

Spencer Potter said that he and his roommates chose the number for their home on a whim. Since then they report receiving 30 to 40 phone calls a day.

Potter, a disc jockey, plans to move to New York. He willing be selling his business and the number on eBay. The bid stand as nearly $4000 as of Sunday.